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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 30


Indicator 30. Pupil/Teacher Ratios and Expenditures per Student


Pupil/teacher ratios and expenditures per student in public elementary and secondary schools: 1955-56 to 1995-96

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               Pupil/teacher ratio       |      Expenditures per student
          -------------------------------|     in average daily attendance
          Elementary                     |--------------------------------------
  Fall       and     Elementary Secondary|      School     Current     1994-95
          secondary                      |       year      dollars    constant
                                         |                             dollars
-----------------------------------------|--------------------------------------
1955 ....      26.9       30.2      20.9 |   1955-56 ....      $294      $1,697
1960 ....      25.8       28.4      21.7 |   1960-61 ....       ---         ---
1965 ....      24.7       27.6      20.8 |   1965-66 ....       538       2,616
1970 ....      22.3       24.4      19.9 |   1970-71 ....       911       3,558
1975 ....      20.4       21.7      18.8 |   1975-76 ....     1,504       4,208
                                         |
1980 ....      18.7       20.3      16.8 |   1980-81 ....     2,502       4,481
1981 ....      18.8       20.3      16.9 |   1981-82 ....     2,726       4,494
1982 ....      18.7       20.2      16.6 |   1982-83 ....     2,955       4,671
1983 ....      18.5       19.9      16.4 |   1983-84 ....     3,173       4,837
1984 ....      18.1       19.7      16.1 |   1984-85 ....     3,470       5,090
                                         |
1985 ....      17.9       19.5      15.8 |   1985-86 ....     3,756       5,355
1986 ....      17.7       19.3      15.7 |   1986-87 ....     3,970       5,537
1987 ....      17.6       19.3      15.2 |   1987-88 ....     4,240       5,679
1988 ....      17.3       19.0      14.9 |   1988-89 ....     4,645       5,946
1989 ....      17.2       19.0      14.6 |   1989-90 ...      4,972       6,075
                                         |
1990 ....      17.2       19.0      14.6 |   1990-91 ....     5,258       6,091
1991 ....      17.3       19.0      14.7 |   1991-92 ....     5,421       6,085
1992 ....      17.4       18.9      15.1 |   1992-93 ....     5,594       6,089
1993 ....      17.4       18.8      15.2 |   1993-94\1\ .     5,903       6,264
1994\1\ .      17.3       19.0      14.9 |   1994-95\1\ .     6,084       6,276
1995\2\ .      17.4       19.1      14.9 |   1995-96\2\ .     6,300       6,300
-----------------------------------------|--------------------------------------

-Data not available.

/1/ Estimated.

/2/ Projected.

NOTE: Elementary includes nursery school and kindergarten teachers and students. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 1995.

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